Can excercise prevent drug and alcohol addiction?
It comes as no suprise to many that youths that undertake regular exercise are less likely to become involved with smoking, drugs, or alcohol. When young people are involved in positive activities, not only exercise activity, then they are less likely to be involved in negative activities. This latest report seems to suggest that the chemicals that the brain produces during excercise actively mitigate against drug use.
WASHINGTON—Sure, exercise is good for your waistline, your heart, your bones—but might it also help prevent addiction to drugs or alcohol?
There are some tantalizing clues that physical activity might spur changes in the brain to do that. Now the government is beginning a push for research to prove it.
The question is how regular physical activity of varying intensity—dancing, bicycling, swimming, tae kwon do—might affect mood, academic performance, even the very reward systems in the brain that can get hijacked by substance abuse.
What first caught the attention of National Institute on Drug Abuse chief Dr. Nora Volkow: A study found that tweens and teens who reported exercising daily were half as likely to smoke as their sedentary counterparts, and 40 percent less likely to experiment with marijuana.